Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Library/New York: The Bronx Library Center - A Leading Example Of An Environmentally Responsible Building

Bronx Library Center

The new Bronx Library Center replaces the former Fordham Branch Library. The facility provides expanded circulation and reference collections, cutting-edge information technology, a full range of education, business and technology training for all ages, literacy classes, and English language proficiency programs. The BLC also houses the Latino and Puerto Rican Cultural Center, with extensive bilingual collections, educational and cultural programs, and multi-media exhibits. Key design concepts include maximizing natural light, minimizing internal circulation, providing clear lines of sight, establishing an appropriate planning module for efficient stack layout, and providing an adaptable open plan.

Each floor is conceived as a rational, rectangular public space surrounded by service, circulation and smaller program spaces fitting into the irregularities of the site. Planning follows a basic daylight strategy: services at the relatively enclosed western side, books and other collection items in the middle and most of the seating in the glazed day-lit areas at the perimeter.

Individually designed public stairs provide different types of processional experience between floors. They make circulation through the building an important part of the visitors experience, and highlight the connections between the various parts of the library collection distributed throughout the building.

The design includes many sustainable features such as high-performance curtainwall, extensive daylighting, energy efficient mechanical and lighting systems and controls, and environmentally friendly materials with high recycled content.

The project received LEED® Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council. It is the first publicly funded building in New York City and the first library in The New York Public Library system to receive LEED certification.


AIA NYS Citation for Design Excellence / Building Design and Construction Building Team Silver Award / New York City Green Building Award Honorable Mention / Environmental Design + Construction Excellence in Design Award / IIDA - IES Award of Merit / GE Edison Lighting Award of Excellence / GE Edison Lighting Award for Sustainable Design



News Coverage

Bronx Library Center / New York City / Dattner Architects


Case Study: Bronx Library Center, Bronx, NY


New Bronx Library Meets Old Need


The New York Public Library's Bronx Library Center Recognized for Sustainable Design Features by the U.S. Green Building Council


LEED Certified Building


U.S. Green Building Council Project Profile


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